Just beyond the temples and village of Tianzhu, hidden in a valley to the west of West Lake, is Amanfayun, a collection of 42 habitats that once housed villagers who tended to century-old tea fields. Between the clattering bamboo, and the pungent tea, a wide variety of plant life flourishes here, including figs, chestnuts, magnolia, and waxberry, among others.
In each traditional brick-and-timber courtyard dwelling, bleached wood and stone have been deftly manipulated into modern furnishings that still exude the historic soul of the property. The villa suites have been designed by designer Jaya Ibrahim with unvarnished elm furniture, lattice screens, and delicate rice-paper lanterns.
The surrounding grounds of the property are immaculate with temples, solemn monks, jade-green tree groves, pagodas, and more aromatic teas than your palette can possibly imagine.
Visit the spa, and soak in the Japanese-style deep soaking tubs in the bathhouse while sipping fresh juices. The staff will take your shoes at arrival, and return them polished when you leave. That way, your footwear is as clean as your inner-being.
Nightly rates to stay at Amanfayun starts at $700 per night, from here.